Vigilance produces challan against Vinod Koul, others in auction fraud

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 22: Vigilance Organization Jammu today produced challan against accused officers, officials and beneficiary of alleged irregularities committed in Handloom Development Corporation Project Samba.
Challan against Vinod Koul, then Project Manager, Export Oriented Handloom Development Corporation Project, Samba, Daleep Kumar Thaploo, I/c Processing EOHDP, Raj Kumar Padha, then Accountant EOHDP, Madan Lal, then Storekeeper and Raman Pargal, Prop. M/s Laxmi General Store, Samba, was produced in the court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, Jammu.
An enquiry was conducted by the Vigilance into irregularities of auctioning of scrap by Handloom Development Corporation Project, Samba wherein it surfaced that tenders were called for the auction of the scrap on “as is where is basis” which was lying in premises of the Corporation Project, Samba (EOHDP) and thereafter, on opening the tenders, two bids were rejected on the ground that they had quoted the rates for the lots of scrap.
However, the accused decided to auction the scrap by weight and not through lots and as such rates quoted by Gandhi Seva Sadan were taken into account and average rate of three lots was calculated @ Rs 13 Kg. Thereafter, as one of the bidders M/s Laxmi General Store had quoted rates @ 5% of the rate above all other parties, so 5% of the rate was added and selling rate was calculated as Rs. 13.65 per Kg and accordingly M/s Laxmi General Store was asked to lift the scrap, who lifted a total of 11,850 Kg scrap for an amount of Rs. 1, 61,616, which the corporation earned.
Whereas, it was found that M/s Sunil Iron had quoted Rs  2,81,000/- per lot and there were three lots of scrap available on the spot, as in case he was allotted the contract an amount of Rs  8,43,000/- could have been fetched by the Corporation. But the accused, by allotting the contract to M/s Laxmi General Store, Samba,  in sheer abuse of the official position and thus caused loss to the tune of Rs. 7,23,534 to the Corporation.
As the case prima facie disclosed commission of offences punishable under section 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act 2006 BK and 120-B RPC, accordingly, case FIR No. 22/2014 was registered at P/S VOJ and investigation was taken up.
After the investigation obtaining necessary sanction from the competent authority, challan was presented before the court.